BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY ~ LUCKY BREAK BY APRIL ANGEL


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Will gambling with her heart bring her luck in love? Lucky is a top event planner with a loving family and the job of her dreams. But she’s not at all lucky in love. Her last relationship ended in a spectacle she’s been trying to forget. Then a chance encounter leads her into the arms of Jared Thomas, one incredibly sexy man who makes more than her heart throb. Jared loves women-he just doesn’t trust them. He’s lived a hard life, where misplaced trust can mean death. But when he meets the sexy Latina, he wants to get close enough to find out if she’s worthy of more than just play time. And the gloriously hot sex doesn’t disappoint. He wants to make her his, body, mind and soul…if two people with trust issues can stay together long enough…

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Mastering the nearly overpowering urge to grab her by the hand and haul her out of there was not an easy task. He noticed her empty champagne flute and motioned a passing waiter to hand her a full glass. She took a sip of the bubbly. He watched her lick her lips again, lips he kept picturing wrapped around his cock, sucking him into her hot mouth. He leaned forward on the table, closer to her, and inhaled. The sexy, light scent tickling his nostrils made him think of satin sheets and sweaty bodies. “What did you have in mind?” he asked. Their gazes met. Arousal flickered to life in the depths of her whiskey-brown eyes. The longer they stared at each other, the brighter it blazed, beckoning him closer. His cock jerked in his dress pants, ready for action. Hell, he sure was glad he was behind the table, because no matter how good his poker face, he wouldn’t be able to hide that bit of evidence from her. She shrugged. It was a dainty, sexy lift of her shoulders that pushed her breasts farther up her neckline. “You seem to be the expert here.” He narrowed his eyes. She sounded like she was making fun of him, but she couldn’t possibly know he was anything other than a hired table attendant. “I wouldn’t call myself a professional.” Oh yeah, he was a lying bastard all right. “But I have experience.” Her gaze latched onto his lips and slowly traveled back up to meet his. He ground his teeth and fought the cock-hardening look she gave him. She licked her lips. “Let’s see if you’re right in your assumption that my luck won’t last.” “What’s in it for me, gorgeous?” She leaned closer. Their faces were only a foot apart now. “What do you want?”  He wanted to close the distance, to taste her plump red lips, and allow her sexy perfume to fill his lungs. “Alone time…” He watched her eyes widen before he finished. “With you.” The interest in her eyes grew, until her pupils dilated with arousal. She gulped but didn’t respond. He decided to taunt her into agreeing, into giving in to his wishes. “It’s all right. It’s clear you’re going to lose anyway. I know the game.” He grinned, and because he couldn’t stop himself, he lifted a hand and caressed her cheek. Her skin was baby-soft and smooth. Her eyes widened and then narrowed. “And if I win?” Gotcha. He felt like a lion that had landed on the perfect prey. Now to reel her in. “Whatever you want.”

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REVIEW BY SU

This is the third book in April Angel’s Sizzling Encounter Series. If you have read her other two as I have you will know that this whole series is pure erotic hot and steamy sex scenes throughout as well as well written. What I love about this authors writing is that her book is raw and very descriptive. I have yet to see a bad cover for any of her books including this basic but beautiful cover of Jared and Lucky.

Luciana (mainly known as Lucky by everyone) is an event planner and has come to New York to help plan her cousin Nina’s wedding. Of course she hasn’t been to lucky in love, and is taken to a party which is where she meets Jared. While he has had a very bad experience lately too, Lucky and Jared have instant chemistry, which they decide to have fun with. Will their broken hearts mend or will it get in the way of them making a commitment?

Even though this is a short book, it is very captivating and will keep you well involved with your imagination.  I had a hard time putting this book down, Lucky Break also had some of that pull and pull tension build up which makes you enjoy a book more in my opinion. At the same time though there was also more of emotions having to be build involved in my opinion with this one because they did not know each other prior to that one night.  This book can serve as a stand alone in my opinion or you can read the other two in the series, either way you will not miss a beat. This is one book I will be going back and re-reading in the future and would recommend it to others.

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Want to know about me? Milly Taiden (aka April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy. She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

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Release Day Blitz – Two Roads by L.M. Augustine

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TITLE: Two Roads

AUTHOR: L.M. Augustine

GENRE: New Adult

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The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.

Ever since Cali’s parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better–and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn’t hurt that he’s part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.

But when Cali’s parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren’t that obnoxious after all…

Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.

 

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L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake.

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COVER REVEAL~ TO STEAL A HIGHLANDER’S HEART BY SAMANTHA HOLT

TO STEAL A HIGHLANDER'S HEART
 

Title – To Steal a Highlander’s Heart

Author – Samantha Holt

Genre – Medieval Romance

Publication Date – 30th September 2013

Publisher – Indie

Cover Artist –  Kim Killion

 

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Alana sets eyes on Morgann for the first time in several years and what does he do? He captures her! But Alana refuses to go meekly with the sexy Highland warrior. Her kidnapping will reignite the rift that’s existed between the two clans since her father accused Morgann of theft and she doesn’t want to see her father harmed in the inevitable war that will ensue.

Unfortunately for Alana, the faeries seek to interfere with her plans to escape. The sidhe have a debt to repay and Tèile, the green faery, is determined to mend the rift between the clans for good. And that means ensuring Alana and Morgann marry.

Morgann has his own reasons for taking Alana and they are nothing to do with marriage or war. He wants to use her to reveal a secret from the past, the one that had him accused of theft. If only he didn’t find his childhood friend so attractive. When circumstances force them together, Alana’s life is threatened and war is imminent. Can Morgann reveal the truth without losing Alana? And will the faeries meddling help or hinder his cause?

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SAMANTHA HOLT
 

Samantha resides in Warwickshire, England with her twin girls and husband. She’s a romance addict and has been devouring all kinds of romance for as long as she can remember.

Having studied archaeology, Samantha likes to blend her love of the past with her passion for romance to create thrilling and passionate tales set to medieval backdrops. She thinks there’s nothing sexier than a rugged warrior and a feisty maiden falling head over heels for each other.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway ~Lovers Unchained (Curse of the Dark Witch Series) by Siren Allen

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Title – Lovers Unchained Series – Curse of the Dark Witch

Author – Siren Allen

Genre – Erotica, Paranormal

Publication Date – August 15, 2013

Publisher – Torrid Books http://www.torridbooks.com/

Cover Artist – Gemini Judston – http://www.geminijudson.com/Gemini/Welcome.html

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A Cursed Demon Twenty years ago Jude made a huge mistake resulting in him and four of his best friends being cursed by the Dark Witch. For twenty years he has searched for his mate-the only being able to break the curse placed upon him. Until he finds her he will not be able to release the pent up sexual energy that is driving him insane. On his journey to find his mate he is captured and held prisoner by Lana, a vicious vampiress. A Sex Crazed Vampiress Lana is intrigued by Jude’s ability to resist making love to her. She doesn’t know of the curse placed upon him years ago. No matter how hard she tries to seduce him she always fails. His life means nothing to her and she is ready to end his existence, but first she must know what prevents him from succumbing to her seduction. She wonders if it’s her or if Jude is like this with all women. To test her theory Lana places one of her female prisoners, Carissa, and Jude together. To her dismay, sparks ignite between the two captives. A Witch on a Mission Carissa is searching for her friend who is rumored to have been captured my Lana and her men. She doesn’t plan on finding love but she can’t resist the attraction she feels for her fellow captive, Jude. She senses the desire raging through him and yearns to ease the tension coursing through his muscled body. However, their lust for one another angers Lana and can only lead to one thing…death for both her and Jude. *** Now that Jude has found his mate he must get them both to safety before Lana destroys them. Will Jude lose his mate so soon after finding her or will they escape Lana’s wrath and form a bond so strong nothing and no one can break it?

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Lana straddled him. She ran her hands up his chest. Jude kept his eyes closed. “Why didn’t you teleport in?” “I was trying to be polite.” She licked his nipple. Between her legs, she felt his cock jerk and felt his hardness through her leather suit. She wanted him badly; more importantly, she wanted him to want her. He was an obsession she couldn’t get rid of; a puzzle she couldn’t figure out. Lana ground her sex against his, drawing a moan from both of their throats. “I have some friends I want you to meet,” she whispered. She pulled back a little and watched for his reaction. Unfortunately, all he did was yawn; he didn’t even open his eyes. “Aren’t you a little curious as to who I want you to meet?” Once again, he ignored her. His nonchalance only made her want him more. Every time he ignored her, or pretended to not want her, it only made her work harder to please him and
make him want her. Every prisoner she owned would give their last breath to have her show them the amount of attention she wasted on Jude. Lana licked his nipple again. She refused to give up; defeat was not a feeling she was accustomed to. She placed soft kisses from his nipple up to his neck, and then nibbled along his jaw line. She tried to kiss his lips, but he turned his head causing her to kiss his cheek instead. Lana hissed in frustration. She was tired of playing games with him. When she told her brother about all the problems this slave was giving her, he asked to borrow Jude for a month to train him, but Lana said no. She wanted to be the one to break him. She gave him plenty of chances to give in to her demands. If she couldn’t have him by choice, she would have him by force. Without warning, Lana teleported Jude to her bedroom, where they landed on her bed; she quickly climbed off of him. “Handcuff him to the bed,” she said to her
servants waiting in the shadows. She was tired of playing nice. It was time for her to be the bitch he thought she was.

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Cole – A cursed Vampire Like Jude, Cole was also cursed by the Dark Witch. He can drink all the blood in the world but will never fill full until he finds his mate. Essentially he is slowly starving to death. The only thing that keeps him sane is sex. It calms the thirst that burns at the back of his throat.

Carissa – A Witch on a Mission Carissa is a Witch of the Silver Coven. Like all witches Carissa does not require food to stay alive. She lives off the emotions she siphons from others. Love, hate, pain, arousal and even depression can fuel her. Carissa is searching for her friend, Faede, who is rumored to have been captured my Lana and her men. Her only way into the prison is to allow herself to be captured and held prisoner like the rest on the captives. Once inside she realizes that this mission isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. She doesn’t plan on finding love but she can’t resist the attraction she feels for her fellow captive, Jude. She senses the desire raging through him and yearns to ease the tension coursing through his muscled body. However, their lust for one another angers Lana and can only lead to one thing…death for both her and Jude.

Jude – A Cursed Demon Twenty years ago Jude made a huge mistake resulting in him and four of his best friends being cursed by the Dark Witch. For twenty years he has searched for his mate-the only being able to break the curse placed upon him. Until he finds her he will not be able to release the pent up sexual energy that is driving him insane. On his journey to find his mate he is captured and held prisoner by Lana, a vicious vampiress.

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I received a copy of Lovers Unchained in exchange for an honest review.

The author had me hooked from the beginning of the page all the way through until the end of the book. When I was asked to review this book I immediately said yes because of the cover (everyone that knows me will know I love covers) and of course it has to do with Paranormal erotic. I mean who would not be pulled into a book by a cover that is about a curse and shows a women with chains (you know it has to be good).

As you begin to read you are taken to a little of the back story of what is going on in the Dark Witch’s mind. There are seven mirrors that lead to seven different realms. The author makes sure to give you some but not too much detail to take away from the whole book and what this one is entailed for. However, you can tell that it is all for a bigger scene, the Dark Witch definitely has something up her sleeve.

Within the first chapter you are right away pulled into a scene between an sexually crazed vampires who is not only the Ruler of the Dark Realm, but also who gets an enjoyment from enslaving mortals and immortals to use as pets. Her latest pet being Jude, which she has become obsessed with him and his abilities to resist her when she is trying to make love to him, little does she know about a curse that was put on him. Jude is a Demon who has lived for the last twenty years dealing with a curse and not being able to get enjoyment from a women’s body until he found his mate. After being enslaved for a year in Lana’s prison, she has decided to take another measurement by bringing in a new “mortal” slave Clarissa. Clarissa is on the search for her friend Faede, and has allowed herself to get captured; only Lana has different plans for her. My favorite character is Cole, I loved the way he was introduced and also because of the way his mind setting works. Trust me the way that the author forms all of these characters together is perfect plot and continuous series.

Siren Allen to me put together an amazing book with some mystery (which I can’t wait to find out), characters that just make you want to be on the opposite of the steamy scenes, and also all those that should be in a good Paranormal book (witches, vampires, demons, and more). This book is part of a series and you know that after reading it the author has plans to keep going. I really hope that I see more of Cole.  This book was amazing, I want more and cannot wait until the next installment is out.

 

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Hi, my name is Siren Allen. I’m a writer and lover of all things erotic and romantic. I reside in southern Mississippi where I write steamy romances that are guaranteed to make you blush. When I’m not listening to the characters in my head and jotting down their adventures, I am busy working as a Clinical Laboratory Technician. I love to travel, preferably with my husband, so he can do all of the driving. I enjoy time with my family, who are just as silly as I am. I have no children…yet, wish me luck! My hobbies are reading, writing and shopping, though I hate trying on clothing. If I wasn’t a writer or a Laboratory Professional, I would probably be a Secret Agent. But that’s the beauty of being a writer; you can create your own world and be whoever you want to be. In my imaginary world, I am Queen and my siblings are my minions.

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COVER REVEAL ~ REACHING EDEN BY EMA VOLF

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His career has brought him success in both money and women. However, he’s grown bored with the superficial. After he’s forced to leave one more dysfunctional relationship behind, he begins to take a hard look at his life, and he’s not happy with what he sees. His choices have taken a toll on him and his career, and not in a good way. He finds himself losing hope in ever finding happiness again.

That is, until he meets Eden Balestra, a small town girl with a knack for finding peace and enjoyment in the simplest of things.

She shows him a world that he had long forgotten existed. Eden’s strength and compassion inspire him overnight, and he can’t get her out of his mind.

Unfortunately Xander’s recent past returns with a vengeance, and Eden finds herself stuck in her worst nightmare. Despite her best efforts to remain above it, she is quickly torn down to the lowest she has ever been. She feels her mental emotional states being to crack.

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Ema lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband, son, cat, two dogs, and chinchilla. She spends her days trying to balance the never-ending work of a homemaker and the schedules of all members of her household while remaining relatively sane.

An avid reader, what time she has to herself is usually spent buried in the pages of a book. She enjoys nearly every genre, but particularly enjoys paranormal fiction of all types and age ranges.

While she constantly has stories and characters rolling around in her head, Avery called to her the loudest. After several months of conversing with Avery, Ema decided to put pen to paper and let others visit Eirny and its beloved residents.

Sneak Peek ~ The Gatekeeper’s House by Eva Pohler

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Title:  The Gatekeeper’s House
Author: Eva Pohler
Series:  The Gatekeeper’s Saga #4
Release Date:  November 1/13

 

Here’s the First Chapter of The Gatekeeper’s House (#4)

Chapter One: Under Attack

Therese stood in the doorway, twirling a strand of her red hair round and round her index finger. There was only one bed in the center of Hecate’s room. That could be a problem, even though Therese only slept about once a week.

“Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea.” Therese took a step back, knocking her quiver and bow against the cold stone wall.

“It will be fine.” Hecate skipped forward and snatched up Therese’s bag. “You can unpack your things in my closet.” When she spun around toward the back of the room, her black and white hair fanned out around her slim shoulders.

Hecate didn’t look like a witch or a hag or the dozens of other descriptions Therese had found on Google while visiting her family and friends in Colorado a month ago. She was an inch taller than Therese, and, in spite of the white streaks in her hair, she looked young, closer to Hermes’s age, mid-twenties, with a delicate nose and thin lips. Therese knew Hecate was ancient—older than Than—but one thing she’d learned since becoming the goddess of animal companions was that immortal beings aged at different rates from humans and from one another.

“You aren’t what I was expecting,” Therese said with a smile.

“Mortals get me confused with Than’s sister, Melinoe. That’s probably it. Were you expecting someone more terrifying?”

Therese pulled her eyebrows together in confusion. “Do you mean Megaera?”

Hecate’s face broke into a grin. “Those two are nothing alike.” Then, in a somber voice, Hecate added, “I’m not surprised Than never mentioned Melinoe.”

“Well that makes one of us,” Therese said. How could he omit such an important detail? She’d told Than everything about herself and her family. Why wouldn’t he have ever mentioned Melinoe? “Does she live down here, too?”

“She used to, until Hades banished her a few centuries ago. Now she lives on the outskirts of the Underworld in a cave on Cape Matapan.”

“And that is…”

“On the southernmost tip of Greece.” Then Hecate stepped forward. “Where are my manners? Meg will scold me later. Please come on inside. It’s so nice to have company. I get lonely here when Persie moves in with Hades.” Hecate slipped Therese’s bag behind a wooden door, as though she wished to give Therese no opportunity to change her mind. “In the springs and summers on Mount Olympus, Persie and I share rooms with Demeter. Down here, I have a lot of time to myself.”

Therese looked around the chamber for the first time, its dome ceiling high and covered with dancing shadows, cast by the light of the Phlegethon, the river of fire. A stream ran from an upper crevice down a series of rocks and pooled in a six-foot-wide basin before thinning and disappearing behind another smooth boulder.

“That’s where I wash,” Hecate explained. “The spring is fresh and good enough to drink.”

Beside the basin and curled on a pillow was a small animal, a cute brown fur ball Therese had never seen. “Who’s this?”

“Galin, my polecat. This is the time when she likes to sleep.”

“I won’t disturb her, then.”

“My dog is awake and around here somewhere.” Hecate glanced about the room. “Cubie? Where are you?”

A black Doberman pinscher with tall ears and a long tail crawled out from beneath the one big bed.

“There she is.” Hecate reached over and patted the dog on the head. “Were you spying on us?”

“Absolutely,” the dog answered.

Hecate laughed. “Cubie, this is Therese.”

“Pleasure,” the dog said.

“Likewise.” Therese stroked Cubie’s back, wishing Clifford had taken her seriously when she’d announced that she was moving out of Than’s rooms. Instead, he’d given her an unconcerned stare as she had said goodbye and I mean it this time. “I have a dog, too. Maybe you would like to meet him.”

“Is he intelligent?” Cubie asked.

“He’s pretty smart.” As the goddess of animal companions, Therese had met quite a lot of dogs, and she felt positive that Clifford was as smart as any of them.

“But probably not as smart as Cubie,” Hecate said. “She was once the queen of Troy.”

Before Therese could ask why a former queen of Troy was now a dog, the floor trembled beneath their feet, followed by a loud boom.

Therese clutched the wall as Hecate fell back on the bed and shouted, “Ahhh!”

“What was that?” Therese asked when the floor stabilized.

“I don’t know.” Hecate’s voice was frantic. “I can’t get a prayer through to Hades or to Persie.”

Therese tried, too, but sensed no response. Blood pounded in her head as the ground began to quake again. She clutched the locket at her throat and prayed to Athena, but got no answer.

“Will these walls hold?” She glanced up at the ceiling, a host of scenarios playing through her mind. If the walls of the Underworld were to crumble, what would happen to its billions of inhabitants, including the souls of her mom and dad?

“Where are they—Hades and Persephone?” Therese asked.

Hecate winced as another boom sounded throughout the chamber. “Mount Olympus.”

Just then, a crack ran across the ground, up the wall, and through the dome ceiling.

“It’s going to collapse!” Therese shouted.

Small chunks of the ceiling fell on the bed, on the golden table by the hearth, and in the water basin, causing Galin to leap from her pillow and into Hecate’s arms.

“Clifford and Jewels!” Therese cried. “They’re in Than’s rooms.” Her stomach balled into a knot when she imagined them harmed.

“I’ll go with you.” Hecate set Galin down on the bed and spoke to the shivering weasel. “You and Cubie go to Demeter’s winter cabin, and wait for me there. Okay?”

More rocks crumbled down the walls as a series of booms sounded throughout the chamber. The stream, which once ran gently down the wall, shot out, spraying in all directions.

“I’m not leaving you!” Galin returned to her mistress’s arms.

“Nor I!” Cubie declared.

Soaked and trembling, the four of them rushed down the winding path along the Phlegethon, dodging the falling rocks. Cracks chased them all across the walls, and loudbooms shuddered through the air. Therese was afraid to pray to Than, worried he’d god travel straight into danger. Even in her limited experience, she knew that if you arrived at a point occupied by solid mass, such as a large boulder, your body composition would momentarily meld with it. She’d not heard of gods temporarily dying from the mishap, but it was painful as you extricated yourself from the object and put yourself back together. She’d discovered this problem when she once arrived in a brick wall. It had taken over an hour to recover, and the pain had been excruciating.

She found Clifford barking nervously by the hearth. “Come on, boy! We’ve got to get Stormy!”

Therese carried Jewels like a football in the crook of one arm as the group scurried down the narrow passageways toward the stables. She wondered if Than would be angry with her for not calling to him right away. He was already angry with her, and she didn’t want to put another rift between them.

As they passed by the intersection of the Lethe and the Styx, deities cried out, and, although Therese and Hecate slowed down and searched the waters, they could not find the source of the cries. Cubie said she’d stay behind and keep searching.

When Therese rounded a corner, a colony of bats whirred up from a crevice below and fluttered past them, and then out climbed Tizzie, up from Tartarus with blood dripping down one arm.

“What is happening?” Tizzie demanded, her black serpentine curls covered in dust.

“We don’t know,” Therese replied.

“Well that’s just great,” Tizzie said, waving her hands. “The souls are in chaos. And if the pit ruptures, the Titans will be unleashed. Where the devil is my father?”

“Mount Olympus,” Hecate said, dodging a falling rock that landed with a clack beside her.

Sensing Stormy’s danger, Therese sent a prayer to Tizzie as she hustled toward the stables, explaining why she was on the run instead of god traveling to the gate.

I’ll meet you at Cerberus, Therese added.

The three judges floated by her in their long robes headed in the opposite direction, toward the gate. Perhaps their demigod status kept them from god travel, she thought. Hecate was no longer behind her as Therese reached the stables with Clifford and Jewels. When she opened the wooden door, she found the walls had completely collapsed, and Stormy lay on his side crushed beneath the rubble with blood pouring from his flanks.

 

Among the weeping women and children, Than pulled the soul of the Chinese man from the limp body on the bed. As sorry as he felt for those left behind, Than’s own troubles distracted him beyond measure. He tried to put the doubts out of his mind, but with no success. They appeared, against his will: Therese had used him so she could become a god. She had never loved him as he loved her. The death of her parents, and so many after, had motivated her to find a way around her own mortality.

He ushered the soul across the heavens and then down through the deep chasm, where hundreds of his disintegrated selves led other souls from different parts of the world. Like a great machine—the greatest conveyor belt imaginable—he swept along, an automatic cog in the wheel of life. And there below him on his raft, long pole in hand, was his fellow cog, Charon, ready to carry the souls to their judgment.

For centuries, he’d done this same work, longing for a change, and now that he’d finally found his wish, he was only more miserable.

Therese never meant to marry him. He’d been a fool.

In the weeks since she moved in, her eighteenth birthday and their wedding date had come and gone. Therese had said she wasn’t ready, postponing their marriage indefinitely. When he asked her why, she had repeated, “I’m not ready.”

Than was a patient god. Although disappointed, he could wait for as many years as Therese needed. But it wasn’t her spoken objection that had his stomach in knots and his emotions unstable; it was the physical distance she put between them of late that made him shiver and regret the day he’d met her.

How could the same touch of his hands on her that had once made her smile and cling to him cause her to avert her eyes and pull away? If she once loved him, it was clear she did no longer.

Aphrodite had warned him this might happen.

As he neared Charon, he noticed Cerberus whining, and beside him stood his sister Tizzie. Then he saw a great explosion beyond the gates, and red and orange sparks flew through the sky. Rocks tumbled down the walls of the chasm, like the beginning of an avalanche. In all the centuries Than had lived in the Underworld, he’d never witnessed anything like this before.

“Charon,” Than said. “What’s happening?”

“I believe the Underworld is under attack,” the old man replied in his husky, gravelly voice.

At that moment, Than sensed Stormy’s death in the stables, and he disintegrated and dispatched where he found Therese, with Jewels clutched to her chest and Clifford barking hysterically at the crushed body that belonged to Stormy.

“What in the hell is going on?” Than asked.

“I don’t know! We can’t reach your parents. We’ve got to get out of here.”

Before Than could respond, a thick black boulder loosened from the ceiling and landed squarely on Therese’s head, knocking her and the tortoise to the floor. The tortoise slid across the ground, spinning on its back, and stopped several feet away, safe from harm, but Than heard the crunch and thud of Therese’s body beneath the weight of the massive rock. His heart stopped beating as he held his breath and stared in shock.

“Father!” he shouted into the falling debris surrounding him. He felt like a helpless, desperate child. “Father!”

 

Hypnos lifted the saddle onto the beast and tightened the tack. He still wasn’t used to the sharp smell of hay and feces, stirred about by the brushing by humans of the other beasts surrounding him. It wasn’t a bad smell, really. Having spent most of his life in the Dreamworld, where sensory perceptions were dulled by a degree of separation between the mind and the body, he rather liked the pungent assault on all of his senses, not just the olfactory ones. Besides, his eyes were continually pleased by the prettiest girl he’d ever seen who was now bent over in front of him. The corners of his mouth twitched, and he fought the urge to slap her on the rump. Instead, he patted Hershey, the horse in his charge, and told him what a good boy he was, as he’d often heard the other humans say to their beasts.

Hip was grateful to the old Holt woman for taking him on as a horse handler yesterday when he’d shown up, unannounced. He’d finally won his father’s permission to follow in Than’s footsteps to journey to the Upperworld as a mortal in a pursuit of a queen. Whether Hip would actually marry her was a different story. Hip realized that his brother had the right idea in finding a way to spend time in the Upperworld, and Hip wanted his turn. All these years of visiting girls in the Dreamworld didn’t compare to the feeling of being in the physical presence of one.

Centuries ago, he’d come close to marrying one of Aphrodite’s youngest Graces, Pasithea, but she overwhelmed him with her neediness, and he finally broke off their relationship. Since then, he’d been content playing with mortals in their dreams, but his brother’s recent love affair, he had to admit, had made him jealous.

Hip hoped to soon have a taste of Jen’s pretty lips. Maybe he’d get lucky and taste all of her.

Mrs. Holt looked at him now from behind the big stallion they called The General.

“You’re as handy as your brother,” Mrs. Holt said. “Too bad he couldn’t come with you.”

Jen stood up and brushed her mare’s mane. “He’s too busy with the wedding plans, I bet.”

Hip couldn’t stop the smile from crossing his face every time Jen looked at him through narrowed eyes. She recognized him, he was sure of it, but she was having trouble admitting to herself that she knew him from her dreams.

“I doubt that,” Hip said with a shrug.

Jen whipped around to face him with her hands on her hips, her pretty mouth making a perfect “O.” Then she said, “He better not make her do everything by herself. Damn your brother if he does.”

This tickled Hip beyond control, and he couldn’t stop himself from busting out laughing. What mortal had the gall to damn the god of death? Of course, this girl had no idea what she was saying.

“Language,” Mrs. Holt said from the back of the barn.

Jen ignored her mother. “What’s so funny?’ She moved closer, her brown eyes glaring up at Hip from beneath her pretty blonde bangs and equally blond lashes. “Don’t tell me you’re a chauvinistic pig.”

“Jen!” Mrs. Holt scolded from behind her beast. “Don’t talk to Hip like that.”

Jen kept her eyes blazing on Hip, but spoke to her mother. “I have the right to talk like that to anyone who laughs at me, Mama.”

“My apologies,” Hip said, reining in his chuckles. “But you misunderstood. Than’s not busy with the wedding because, last I heard, Therese called it off.”

Jen’s mouth dropped open. Then, after staring incredulously at Hip for an uncomfortable amount of time, she threw her hands up in the air and presented him with a smile he hadn’t earned. “Allelujah, praise the Lord! It’s about time she came to her senses.”

Was she praising him? Had he become her lord? Somehow he doubted it, but he was amused by how quickly Jen’s demeanor changed from attack mode. She looked about to hug him. He liked being the bearer of good news.

“When’s she coming home?” Jen asked him.

Hip shook his head. “I don’t think she is. I, I…” He wished he’d kept his mouth shut. It wasn’t his job to explain why a goddess couldn’t live among her mortal friends and family.

Jen stepped between the horses and planted her feet inches from his. He wanted to reach out and touch her to see if she felt as good as she did in the Dreamworld. Her eyes narrowed and then widened, and for a moment, he thought she had figured out who he was. But then she said, “Don’t tell me she’s going to stay in Texas.”

“Why would she…” Hip stopped himself. “Maybe you should talk to her yourself.” He turned his back to her and continued to brush the horse. This conversation was over. He’d never had to make explanations to mortals, and he wasn’t about to start doing it now.

But Jen moved close behind him, so close, he could feel the heat from her body. He could smell her sweat and something else. Something fruity and sweet.

“I can’t get a hold of her,” Jen said in a desperate voice. “She hasn’t returned any of my texts and calls in over a month. I don’t know if she has her new email yet. She’s not on Facebook anymore, or Instagram. Nothing. It’s like she’s disappeared off the face of the earth.”

She has, he wanted to say. That’s exactly what’s happened. But, of course, he wouldn’t.

Jen put her hand on his shoulder and he felt every part of him come to attention.

“Please,” she said softly. “Please help me get in touch with her.”

He turned and saw tears welling in her eyes. “I’ll do what I can.”

 

Jen was surprised by the sudden tenderness in the new handler’s voice. It reminded her of something from a dream. She closed her eyes and shook her head.

“What?” Hip asked, his face close.

She took a step back. “I need to get back to work.”

As she brushed Satellite, Jen stole glances at Hip. He’d taken her out to a movie over a year ago when his brother had introduced them, but then he’d never called her again after that. He’d said he’d never been to this part of the world, as though he were from another country. But he was from Texas. He spoke as if Texas were in a different part of the world.

Well, maybe all Texans thought that way.

Now he had the gall to show his face and ask for a job. He could have called her just to say, “Hey.”

She glanced at him once more, and this time she noticed a look of worry come over his face, even horror.

“You alright?” she asked. He was freaking her out.

He turned to Jen’s mother and said, “I’m sorry, Mrs. Holt, but I have to go.”

“What is it?” Jen’s mom asked, also noticing the obvious look of horror on their new handler’s face.

“I can’t explain,” he said. “Something’s not right. I need to go immediately. My apologies.”

“Do you need a ride anywhere?” Pete asked, having just walked in from the pen and having overheard the last bit of their conversation.

“Um, no thanks,” Hip said. “Thanks anyway, man.”

Jen’s mouth dropped open. This made absolutely no sense. She followed Hip from the barn and stood at the gate, where he let himself out of the pen.

“Are you coming back tomorrow?” she asked.

“I don’t know. I hope so.” He didn’t even look at Jen, which hurt after the tenderness between them moments ago. She’d begun to forgive him. And now he was leaving?

“Will I ever see you again?” she cried out as he jogged down the gravel drive from her house to the road.

“I hope so,” he repeated, but again without turning and meeting her eyes.

Overcome with a sudden feeling of dread, Jen opened the gate and followed him down the path. She watched him turn past a line of oak trees. When she rounded the corner, her throat pinched closed by the shock. He had disappeared.

She looked all around the one-mile stretch of road from her house to the Melner Cabin, where he was staying. Panting for breath and trembling, she knocked on the door of the cabin and got no answer.

“Hip? Are you there?” she called again and again, but the boy had vanished.

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I write fiction for teens and adults and teach writing and literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I live with my husband, three kids, two dogs, and two rats (Katniss and Prim, of course). I’m also an avid reader and book reviewer. I’ve always said I never want to give up reading for writing or vice versa. I want to do both. My favorite authors are Tracy Chevalier, Ann Patchett, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan, and Stephanie Meyer. I have too many to name, but those are a handful of them. When I’m not spending time with the family, working, reading, or writing, I can be found watching The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Middle, and NCIS.

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Revealing Us ~ Lisa Renee Jones ~ ARC Review & Giveaway!!

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             You’ve discovered Rebecca’s secrets. You’ve discovered Sara’s secrets. Now Sara will discover “his” deepest,                                               darkest secrets…but will those secrets bind them together—or tear them apart?

WOW! Lisa has done it again! Another breath-taking story filled with action, mystery, intrigue, and hot sex! Her characters will melt your heart. The book takes place in Paris and as I was reading I felt like I was actually there. Lisa did a fantastic job with all the descriptions and culture. Revealing Us is the third book in the Inside Out Trilogy and it was amazing. I was glued to my kindle and couldn’t put it down. Lisa just has a way with words.

Sara and Chris’s story continues where Being Me left off. Sara decides to go to Paris with Chris. She hopes to discover more about him and hopefully find out what he is keeping from her and why he tends to push her away. She is still dealing with issues of Rebecca’s Murder in the States and her missing best friend Ella. All the while she is confronted with people from Chris’s past and she is torn by what she knows and believes Chris to be and what people try to make him out to be. Sara struggles with her insecurities and worry of not being enough for him while Chris is afraid that once Sara knows the real him and the secret he holds she will not want him. They are both still learning to trust each other with their hearts. As they delve deeper into Chris’s dark side, Sara comes to some realizations of her own.  No matter what happens they are together and she will let nothing tear them apart. I loved how it ended. No major cliff hangers with Chris and Sara. A happy ending but a possibility of some more books in the future!!  I am in love with this series and just can’t get enough. A must read for sure!

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Lisa announced recently on there will be 2 more books in this series! Here is what she wrote.

QUESTIONS about more books after reviewers read REVEALING US so…. — announcements coming! Tiny hints…
Book 4 and 5
4 is the trial and it is in Sara’s POV — you get final answers to Rebecca, Ava, more Rico, and yes ….. and Chris and Sara face this all together. Mark must face the trial and Crystal might show up:)

Book 5
Mark’s POV and you will know by the end of 4 where it’s going

Spinoff Series

Ella! Can’t wait. I’ve had this planned FOREVER– COMPLETE different story line

 

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Lisa Renee Jones and her fiance, Diego, used to buy and sell storage units (quite sometime before the reality show). In one of the units Diego found a journal, started reading from, and spent years convincing Lisa to write a story that revolved around a similar situation. From Diego’s consistent encouragement and Lisa’s creative talents — The Inside Out Trilogy was born.

The Inside Out Trilogy follows the life of Sara McMillan who comes into possession of some journals left in a storage unit. Unable to resist, she begins to uncover the dark, erotic secrets the pages hold. Entries that would fuel her fantasies and change her life in ways she could never imagine.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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